The Rhodes Scholar program is named for De Beers founder Cecil Rhodes.
You've probably already heard of Fleet Street, as it happens to be the home of a certain notable "demon barber," but did you know the street is named for something equally as dark—namel
Money is dirty. You’ve been hearing that since you were knee-high to a grasshopper and your mom had to stop you from putting coins in your mouth and up your nose.
Earlier this week, Adam Raymond brought up blue lobsters:
"About one in every 4 million lobsters is born with a rare genetic defect that turns it blue.
In this clip, the Tom Waits song "God's Away On Business" is expertly combined with clips of Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.
On Thursday, September 1st, the mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to Indianapolis! If you live in the area or are up for a road trip, reserve your spot now.
This is going to be one of the posts where I ask you to share your stories in the comments, like back when you all shared your nerdiest moments in life. The idea for the post came to me while I was re
Today the compact disc turns 29. The first CD was manufactured at a Philips factory in Germany on August 17, 1982.
Good luck with today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge from the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
The following are the titles of five 1970s songs that hit #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
The art group Skrekkogle took the graphic of dancing cards that you see when you win computer solitaire and built it.
This past weekend, some daring criminals sauntered into the Marina del Rey Ritz-Carlton hotel and absconded with an original drawing by Rembrandt estimated to be worth $250,000.
History buffs might know the name Charles Dawes, which probably sounds vaguely familiar but can’t-quite-place-him to the rest of us. Here’s a refresher: he was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president.
Here's another gem from How It's Made -- an exploration of a German pencil factory, using Californian cedar.
Yesterday I posted a question mental_floss contributor Brett Savage had asked me via text — “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown?" Many people weighed in with theories.
In Vienna, a teenage girl drowned herself while clutching a piece of sheet music. In Budapest, a shopkeeper killed himself and left a note that quoted from the lyrics of the same song.
My brother sent me this screenshot of Trip Advisor's information on Moses Lake, Washington.